The President's Pen

Kia Ora,
Hopefully everyone enjoyed Thursday evenings meeting with guest president Robyn!
We are rapidly heading towards changeover so please RSVP early so we can make the evening memorable.
Take care and see you all on Thursday. 
President: Rotary Club of St Johns
Phone: 021 0813 7313
Meeting in Review - May 27th 2021
Unfortunately President Hugh called in sick, but we were fortunate to have IPP Robyn present who once again picked up the gavel and ran another very good meeting.  Total attendance was 42, 26 members and 16 guests.  Get well soon Hugh.
Prior to introducing the key guest speaker, there were others in the audience who needed a few minutes to address the meeting 
First up, Gary introduced Colin Rickett and Kim Admore from Yachting New Zealand (Have A Go Sailing), which has just ended a two and a half week sailing school in Okahu Bay for 270 students from low decile schools in our area.  Gary took the opportunity to thank YNZ and our co-sponsor Orakei Marina. Colin from YNZ turned these comments around and passed YNZ's sincere thanks on to St. Johns Rotary for supporting the initiative and pleaded that we keep doing what we are doing, giving hundreds of youngsters an opportunity to experience sailing, something, in all likely-hood most will never have had the opportunity to do so before. 
Next to take the microphone was Mal McLennan, President of Auckland East Mens' Shed, our Abbotts Way neighbours.  From very small beginnings a few years ago the Shed now have 170 members and they are having to build extra facilities to accommodate the demand for membership.  Don't let the name fool you - they do accept female members, although at this time there are only a few.  Mal invited anyone who was interested, to visit the shed and see what opportunities exist.
Peter Buchanan used the open mic opportunity to promote this weeks Working Bee at the Apirana Reserve.  Check-out the story further on in this Bulletin.
Before passing the mic to our Guest Speaker there was one more duty to perform and that was for David Hartstone, on behalf of the Club, to present  Simon Jones, in his capacity of Dove Hospice CEO, a cheque for $23,238 being 50% of the money raised at the recently held New World / St, Johns Rotary Golf Tournament.  This year's Tournament was the most successful ever and the funds raised will help both Dove and St. Johns Rotary significantly in their efforts to do good in the community.
Dinner was then served followed by our Key Note Speaker.  Our scheduled speaker was to be Simon Yates from LegaSea New Zealand, but sadly Simon's father passed away earlier in the week and he was unable to join us, but we were very fortunate to have Scott MacIndoe present in Simon's absence.  Scott is the "backbone" of LagaSea and a respected Businessman, Environmenalist, Fisherman and  Networker. 
LegaSea campaigns for better fisheries management to help restore our inshore fish life to abundance. Fish are our last freely accessible wild resource, however, there is still a complex range of pressures on the resource whether from commercial, customary or recreational interests, not to mention the impacts of climate and land run off.  Our relatively young New Zealand has all but depleted this wild resource in a little over 100 years.

In a very personal, passionate and emotional talk, Scott provided an understanding of LegaSea’s core purpose, explaining their Fish Care and Kai Ika initiatives.  He also gave us an insight into how and why our fisheries have been so decimated, what’s happening in the Hauraki Gulf, (including the recent Waiheke Rahui), what’s happening to core species like tarakihi and crayfish, the problems with the Quota Management System and what the chances are like for us to fix it.

Scotts presentation contained a significant amount of information, (far more than can be added here), and he encouraged anyone who was interested in LegaSea and the work they are doing, or become involved in their work, to visit their website,  St. Johns Rotary would also like to take this opportunity to pass our condolences to Simon and his family.

Club Meetings & Other Important Dates to Diary
THURSDAY JUNE 3rd - BREAKFAST MEETING - Guest Speaker Stu Allsopp-Smith, Former Manager National Security Investigations - NZL Police: Stu retired in 2020 having completed 44 years service with the NZ Police. He will talk on the subject of National Security and the approaches taken whilst he was the Manager of Investigations.  He will also discuss international trends and issues, and what he considers are the strengths of our approach and how community trust and confidence is central to managing and reducing the risk.

Stuarts Bio:  Stuart joined  the New Zealand Police on 10 May 1976.  After initially being stationed at Takapuna, he joined the Auckland Criminal Investigation Branch in May 1978 where he served until transferring to the Whangarei CIB in 1983.  He returned to Auckland in 1986 on promotion.

His career has seen him serving in all areas of the Criminal Investigation Branch including major crime investigation, Witness Protection, specialist areas including forensics, drug investigations, and the undercover programme.  He has worked on, and led, numerous homicide and other serious and high profile criminal investigations.

In 2003 Stuart was promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector in Auckland Metro Crime and Operations Support.  This position involved the management of all Upper North specialist Policing groups.

In 2016 he was appointed to the position of Manager: National Security Investigations which encompassed management of all National Security (CT) Investigations across the country.  In this role he liaised closely with National and International Partner agencies and frequently attended and presented to international symposia focused on Counter Terrorism and National Security issues.  He remained in this role until retiring from the New Zealand Police in October 2020 after completing 44 year’s service.

Change-Over!  Friday June 18th
Change-over is getting very close now, less than 3 weeks away!  Let's make it a great turn-out for this all important event. 
Full details are in the poster below and your RSVP as soon as possible to IPP Robyn at,,
would be most appreciated.
Have A Go Sailing - Another Successful Year
To see copies of  Yachting New Zealand's Daily Reports and a few HAG sailing photos showing the fun that the students had, click on "Read More" below. 
A huge thank you to Yachting New Zealand, Orakei Marina, members of St. Johns Rotary and particularly Gary Key who managed the project admirably as always.
St. Johns Rotary Doing Good in the Community - Again
St. Johns Rotary once again showed their commitment to the Community by turning up yesterday at Apirana, to continue the good work undertaken at the Reserve last month.   Fortunately the weather cooperated and we were lucky that it was a morning Working Bee, and not in the afternoon, when the weather was not at all pleasant. 
The following two pictures show the the "Before"and"After", of the spreading of two  truckloads of mulch!
Trees for Survival benefits the environment and the people
The act of sinking your hands in freshly tilled soil to plant new life creates a sense of incredible achievement.  Trees for Survival is a Rotary founded programme inspiring young environmentalists - Kia tupu ai enei kakano hei rakau nui - that St Johns Rotary has supported since 2009 as part of the Environment and Science Committee.  This is a programme widely supported by Rotary clubs across many schools.
Kev's Candid Photo Album
Candid Kev shot some good pictures last week - did he catch you?  Click on "Read More" below to see new additions to Kev's Candid Photo Album.
Time For A Smile

A man and his wife walked into a dentist's office.
The man said to the dentist,
            "Doc, I'm in one heck of a hurry I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf, so forget about the aesthetic, I don't have time for the gums to get numb. 

I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it!  We have a 10:00 AM tee time at the best golf course in town and it's 9:30 already... I don't have time to wait for the aesthetic to work!”
The dentist thought to himself, ‘My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain."

            "Which tooth is it sir?" asked the dentist.
The man turned to his wife.  "Open your mouth darling, and show him ."

Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Breakfast Meeting;
Thursday 3rd June  
7.00am for 7.15am.
Venue - Remuera Golf Club
  • The President's Pen
  • Meeting in Review - 27th May 2021 
  • Activities and other Important Dates
  • Change-over
  • Have a Go Sailing
  • Doing Good in The Community
  • Trees For Survival
  • Kev's Candid Camera Album
  • Time for a Smile
Jun 03, 2021 7:00 AM
Former Manager: National Security Investigations - NZ Police
Jun 10, 2021 7:00 AM
Jun 17, 2021 7:00 AM
Changeover Celebration - see Friday 18 June
Jun 18, 2021 6:00 PM
Fun Bowling at 5:15pm; Formalities at 6:15pm
Jun 24, 2021
Sensible Screen Use
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Thursday 3 June MORNING
Key, Gary
Belthazar, Jane
Mayne, Alan
Bell, Patrick
Thanks & Close
Hartstone, David
Buchanan, Peter
James, David
Thursday 10 June MORNING
Robinson, Colin
Francis, Andy
Harris, Lesley
Boyd, Lynette
Thanks & Close
Roake, Muriel
Gerrard, Tricia
Robinson, Beryl

Club Contacts

Hugh Scott-Russell 021 0813 7313 
Secretary, Treasurer & Apologies: 
Alex Gatt 021 571 722
Presidents Elect: 
Penny McGarry 021 702 310   &
Lesley Harris 027 4935 498
Michelle Forman 021 0277 9456
Club Services: 
Robyn Ingram  022 0200 171 
Bulletin Editor: 
Pete Walsh 021 747 858
John Lewisham 021 375080
Our Meetings
We meet Thursday for breakfast at
7:00 am for 7:15 am start,
except for the first Thursday of the month, when we meet in the evening at 6:00 pm for dinner.
Remuera Golf Club
120 Abbotts Way
Auckland 1072
New Zealand 
All Rotarian's are welcome 
including family members.
Others wanting to visit are most welcome - please phone or email:
John Lewisham. Ph: 021 375 080, email;
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